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The Week That Was: Audi A4, Fiat 500, Lamborghini Aventador SV Roadster Photo:
 
 
Trevor Collett | Jul, 05 2015 | 1 Comment

Audi has lifted the lid on its all-new A4, which is due to arrive in Australia in the first half of next year to do battle with the ever-popular C-Class, the BMW 3 Series and Lexus IS.

Full details will be revealed at the new A4's first public appearance at the Frankfurt Motor Show in September.

For now, Audi has trickled out a few snippets about the 2016 A4's new lightweight architecture, engine line-up and bold interior design.

Measuring 4.73 metres long, 1.82 metres wide and sitting on a 2.82 metre wheelbase in sedan form, the new A4 is longer and wider than the current model. However, thanks to a range of lightweight construction measures, it will be up to 120kg lighter.


Fiat has unveiled its updated 500 hatch for 2015, bringing refreshed styling and new interior tech to the popular city car.

The Italian carmaker chose July 4 to officially pull the covers from its latest 500 model, being the anniversary date of the ‘original 500’ in 1957 and the modern-day version in 2007 - the latter about to enter its eight year of production.

The 2015 500 brings 1800 changes to the outgoing model, according to Fiat, the most significant of which is a central infotainment screen for the interior.


Lamborghini has confirmed a new topless version of its Aventador Superveloce is in the pipeline, joining the hardtop unveiled earlier this year.

Dubbed the Lamborghini Aventador LP750-4 Superveloce Roadster, the new model will be even more exclusive than the hardtop with production limited to 500 units.

Pricing for the roadster in Australia will nudge the AU$1 million mark, starting at $916,150 plus on-road costs. The order book is open in all Lamborghini dealers worldwide (careful of the crush).


In other news, details on Mercedes-Benz's refreshed entry-level A-Class range have been officially released, and while some upgrades are mild, the headline news is a whopping 15kW power hike for the A 45 AMG flagship.


Subaru announced the turbocharged, AWD Levorg wagon is coming to Australia, billing it as the "spiritual successor to the much-loved fourth generation Liberty GT wagon" and a key addition to its range of all-paw performance cars.


Hyundai's new global compact SUV, the Creta, has been officially revealed as production starts up in Chennai, India.


MINI announced pricing for the 2015 John Cooper Works hatch range this week, with the price of entry now well south of the $50k mark and the standard feature list now fatter than ever.


Volkswagen announced broad changes for its MY16 range in Australia, including the addition of a reversing camera for nearly all of its passenger cars.


Audi, BMW, Porsche and Toyota were among the carmakers announcing new pricing on their luxury cars this week, as the Federal Government's increase to the luxury car tax (LCT) threshold came into effect.


The June VFACTS new car sales figures were released, showing the usual spike in sales as the end of financial year approached and a surprise sales-win - if somewhat eyebrow raising - for Hyundai’s i30.


The new Lotus 3-Eleven was unveiled at the Goodwood Festival of Speed, described by the sports car maker as its “quickest and most expensive series production car ever”.


Nissan rationalised its Patrol V8 line-up, removing the previous entry-level ST-L model and dramatically cutting the cost of entry for the remaining Ti and Ti-L grades.


Honda Australia gave its CR-V VTi-S variant a pricing haircut to sharpen its appeal, snipping $1000 off the price-tags of both the VTi-S 2WD and VTi-S AWD.

 

REVIEWS

We drove Holden’s 2015 Insignia VXR this week, impressed with the technical gains over the previous Opel-badged offering in Australia, dynamic AWD performance and its solid price.

Less impressive was the small cabin and lack of spare wheel.


Finally, we found the 2015 Peugeot 508 Allure HDi is a comfortable long-legged cruiser, offering a refined diesel engine and an easy driving nature.


And that’s… the week that was.

 
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